Brunssum, the Netherlands - General Riccardo Marchiò, Commander JFC Brunssum, was pleased to provide the opening lecture of the AFNORTH International School's inaugural International Student Leadership Programme, Wednesday 05 September. The programme aims to provide students access to a range of speakers who, by sharing their life experiences with the leaders of tomorrow, inspire students to reflect upon how they can shape their own destiny.
With a focus on the opportunities offered by a military career and, in particular, his definition of leadership the General visibly connected with the students via his honesty, transparency and modesty. Evidence of the students' interest became clear on completion of his remarks as a large number of questions ensued. In answering the question, 'What is your greatest achievement as a leader' the General answered 'To be recognised as a leader' i.e. the greatest indication of a military leaders' success is that others are willing to follow him, not because of his rank, but because of the values he expounds and the inspiration/motivation he is able to nurture in others, even in the most hostile of circumstances.
This is the first of a number of lectures that will be conducted at the school by the Commander and staff of JFC Brunssum over the coming academic year.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office